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Updated: January 23rd, 2012 6:09pm
Steve Hutchinson plans to keep playing, but do Vikings want him?

Steve Hutchinson plans to keep playing, but do Vikings want him?

by Tom Pelissero
1500ESPN.com
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MOBILE, Ala. -- Steve Hutchinson apparently has decided he wants to play one more NFL season.

Now the question is, do the Minnesota Vikings want him?

Hutchinson, 34, has suffered season-ending injuries two consecutive years -- a broken thumb in 2010 and a concussion in 2011 that left his future up in the air.

But like teammate Husain Abdullah, who said on Monday he plans to resume his career after being cleared by two concussion specialists, Hutchinson has decided to press on.

"He's doing fine," coach Leslie Frazier said, shortly after the North team wrapped up its first practice of Senior Bowl week.

"From what I was told, he's passed that concussion that he had, and I know he wants to still play. At least that's what he told me -- he said he wants to play."

It still seems unlikely Hutchinson will do that with the Vikings, who signed him to a seven-year megadeal in 2006 that includes $7 million in base salary and bonuses in 2012. That's a steep price for a declining player whose durability has waned in recent years.

According to NFL sources, Hutchinson has told teammates for some time that he plans to retire after finishing out his contract. The Vikings' desires to clear cap space and get younger along the line means he may have to find one more contract elsewhere.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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